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NASA Advisory Council; Notice of Establishment Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. §§ 1 et seq.

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AGENCY:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Explanation of Need: The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has determined that the establishment of a NASA Robotic and Human Exploration of Mars Strategic Roadmapping Committee is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon NASA by law. This determination follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration.

Name of Committee: NASA Robotic and Human Exploration of Mars Strategic Roadmapping Committee.

Purpose and Objective: The Committee will advise NASA Administrator on Mars exploration, including robotic exploration of Mars to search for evidence of life, to understand the history of the solar system, and to prepare for future human exploration. The Committee will draw on the expertise of its members and other sources to provide its advice and recommendations to the Agency. The Committee will hold meetings and make site visits as necessary to accomplish their responsibilities. The Committee will function solely as an advisory board and will comply fully with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

Lack of Duplication of Resources: The Committee's functions cannot be performed by the agency, another existing committee, or other means such as a public meeting.

Fairly Balanced Membership: The Committee will consist of a balance of experts from within the government, private industry, and academia. In addition, there may be additional experts selected for Subcommittees or Task Forces. Members of the Committee, Subcommittee or Task Forces will be chosen from among industry, academia, and government with recognized knowledge and expertise in specific areas across the NASA's portfolio. Total membership will reflect a fairly balanced view.

Duration: Ad hoc.

Responsible NASA Official: Dr. Marc Allen, Advanced Planning and Integration Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 300 E Street, Start Printed Page 67611SW., Washington, DC 20546, telephone (202) 358-0733.

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P. Diane Rausch,

Advisory Committee Management Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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[FR Doc. 04-25553 Filed 11-17-04; 8:45 am]

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